Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer Reading

The wind picked up and thunder gurgled another warning. Octras was ahead of the others now, his weight making him slide farther than the others with every step. It didn’t help now that the air was stirring. Wind beat against the mercenary’s back, forcing him forward, bidding him to do nature’s will. He took a few steps and squinted, fighting his tangled bangs and the air for control of his sight. It howled as it tore past him and suddenly died.

Well, I've been reading a few interesting books. I still need to read the book Valerie gave me; Jaron read it a while ago while I was working on another book, and I somehow forgot about it. Of course, I feel bad, knowing that Valerie loved it, and even wrote me a personal note that stuck in the first page.

But I did read The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin, which was interesting and character-driven. I think high fantasy often relies too heavily on the plot for its story, but this was... subtle. Much of the story happened slowly, naturally, while the characters followed logical courses of action. It was an entertaining read and I felt like I wrote better while I was reading it.

I'm also reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman now. I was shocked at the amount of needless swearing at the beginning, but I do love his writing, and the main character, Shadow, is intriguing and full of mystery. The concept is brilliant, and Gaiman's storytelling is powerful. I do need to warn some of my friends, though, the book is very adult.

Anyway, work is over for the summer, and I have lots of wedding planning to do.


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